1. Cramlington Leasehold Information

    16 November 2015

    Have you seen this page on Facebook?

    It’s still early days but the number of followers and contributors is gaining pace.

    I am encouraging everyone to post any useful information and share their thoughts.

    Please have a look and let me know what you think.


  2. Rentals Testimonial from Hannah…

    I just wanted to send a note to say thank you so much for all of your help through the whole process of the move (from suggesting the property until the point of moving in) – it was completely seamless!

    I couldn’t be happier and the landlord has left the property in a wonderfully clean condition – I would really appreciate it if you could pass on my gratitude to him also and tell him I’m absolutely delighted with my new home, it is in extremely safe hands!

    Many thanks for all of your help as usual!

  3. A bit of air time….

    21 September 2015

    3 appearances on BBC television, a 2 page spread in the Daily Mail and an interview on Radio 5 Live. Not bad for a small town, one office estate agent. Why? Because I’m committed to doing the right thing ( to the best of my ability) and to promote our profession and the National Association  Of Estate Agents.

    The problems of leaseholds still seem to go over the heads of homeowners. I have come across two more  would be vendors today , oblivious of the implications of trying to sell a property with a short lease and enjoyed two visits from local home owners looking for some advice following the publicity. I put them on the right track.

    I’ll keep it up till I get through.

    Could take a while.

  4. Following the Daily Mail….. The B.B.C. Show an interest.

    2 September 2015

    The Daily Mail feature has resulted in a couple of calls from the BBC. One from the local office at Newcastle and another from Radio 5 Live. I should be on later for an interview.What we need from the publicity is a change in the way that disputes over prices of freeholds and lease extensions are dealt with.

    There is no fairness in the current system. Prices quoted for freeholds can be contested but surely a better way would be for an independent valuation be used or a formula be available to both sides so that we have a level playing field from the start.

    I have done what I can to get this problem aired by the media but like most news, it’s tomorrow’s chip wrapper.

    Have a word with your/ our M.P..

    I’ve tried local councillors but they are decidedly uninterested. As long as we have flowers on roundabouts they seem to be happy.

    The media are more interested in your stories than mine.

    The snowball may be starting to roll down the hill.

    Up to you.

  5. Daily Mail visit

    27 August 2015

    Thanks for getting involved in this morning’s meeting. Everyone had a story to tell and an experience to share.

    I’m sure that we gave Ruth, their journalist, plenty of information to digest and formulate.

    A special thanks to Alistair Woodruff for his professional input.

    I think we agree that the current situation with regard to the conduct of the companies that own and trade in leasehold property needs to be looked at.

    I will let you know when the feature is due to appear.



    20 August 2015

    I’ve been an estate agent for a long, long time so when it comes to revolutions I’ve seen a couple.

    In the late 80′s the world of the estate agency world suffered a seismic change…

    The banks and insurance companies decided to throw a lot of money at it..

    Black Horses Agencies

    General Accident

    Legal and General

    Abbey National


    Northern Rock


    Have I missed any?

    Can you remember them?

    Where are they now then? 




    Because they didn’t know anything about estate agency.

    They came into the business to sell mortgages, loans, life assurance, pensions and general insurance.

    Now we have revolution 2015 style.


    I’m still here, so are Michael Poole on Teessside, Keith Johnson and Geoff Graham Of Woods in Durham, Bill Kimmitt in East Durham, Rickards in Northumberland, Nigel Cooke in Whitley Bay and lots, lots more.

    I don’t just want to list everyone  but you get the picture.
    We know the business inside out. We can help you in all sorts of ways because we know what we are doing.

    We are also online.


  7. Attention leaseholders. Chance to air your views.

    19 August 2015

    The Daily Mail have been in touch. They want to run a feature in next Wednesday’s paper about costs of lease extensions and freeholds.

    I am liaising with one of their journalists. Should you wish to share your story just let me know. 

    There are lots of you unhappy with the situation in Cramlington so this is a chance to get some publicity and see where it takes us. We need to get some order into the way prices are escalating. 


    01670 730073.

  8. “I’ve tried an online agent but…..

    18 August 2015

    ….your firm has been recommended so please can you help sell my house. I’m not getting any response or feedback from them. It’s been six weeks and nothing!”

    “Where is the online agent based?” I asked.

    “Essex” was the reply.

    ” When I think about it now your firm has sold three in my street. I thought I could save some money but, as I had to pay¬† their fees up front, it’s been a waste of money.”

    “Well as you know, we are just up the road. I can be there in fifteen minutes.”

    So in we go, get some nice new pictures, do a professional description and get it onto the market.

    That’ll be four we’ve sold in the road.



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